Department reminds group leaders to properly place ear plugs

POSTED: 04/23/12 1:45 PM

GREAT BAY – Youth Health Care (YHC) reminded group leaders of the Children’s Parade on Sunday that they need to explain the children, parents and guardians about the proper use of the ear plugs. This will ensure that the child’s hearing will be well protected.

YHC representatives will also be at the Carnival Village and on the road along the route distributing ear plugs to children who will be viewing the parade along with their parents.

The ear is an advanced and very sensitive organ of the human body. The more you listen to loud sounds, the more likely you are to damage your hearing. A continuous noise level of 85 dB will result in hearing damage.

An ear plug is a device that is meant to be inserted in the ear canal to protect the user’s ears from loud noises or the intrusion of water, foreign bodies, dust, or excessive wind.

People should clean hands, roll the ear plug between their thumb and fingers until the plug diameter is as small as possible, reach over your head with the opposite hand and pull the top of ear canal. Push the rolled end of the plug into ear, leaving enough of ear plug outside the ear canal to allow removal. Hold your finger on the end of ear plug until the plug expands to seal the ear (about 10 seconds). For best fit, at least 1/2 to 3/4 of the ear plug should be inside your ear canal.
Always fit ear plugs so that they seal the ear closed. When plugs are correctly inserted, your own voice should sound hollow and sounds around you should not sound as loud as before. Gently pull on the ear plug. It should not move easily. If the plug moves easily, remove it and carefully re-insert it deeper into the ear canal. Re-check the fit often during the time that you wear them. If earplugs become loose, you may lose your protection from the noise.

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